There's just something about a street festival that brings people together, and showcases the best of what a place has to offer. In Anguilla, visitors have the opportunity to attend numerous cultural celebrations throughout the year. These events range from regatta galas to art festivals.
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In March, there is an Easter celebration in Anguilla where all roads lead to Island Harbour. Festival Del Mar provides the Anguillian people with the opportunity to celebrate the island's rich history while offering visitors a window into the cultural traditions. This festival celebrates all things of the sea; there are traditional cooking and culinary competitions where only seafood recpes are accepted. There are also fishing tournamets, swimming races and boatracing.
Much like many other islands in the Caribbean, Anguilla celebrates the emancipation of slaves with an event. In Anguilla, however, the celebration lasts for 11 days. This event is called the Anguilla Summer Festival and takes place in the middle of each summer. Activities include live music, three beauty pageants, a boat race, a parade, and more.
In the Caribbean, there is no event more widespread than the celebration of Carnival. This celebration typically occurs in the days before lent, however in Anguilla, the festivities take place in August, and are known as Jouvert Morning (or August Day). On Jouvert Morning, islanders rise early, and dance through the streets. This event is a part of the Anguilla Summer Festivals, which begins in July and runs through August. Activities include beauty pageants, boat races, street festivals, and beach parties.
The Temenos Golf Course hosts a celebrity golf tournament in order to raise funds for the Anguilla Youth Foundation. As a part of the Ruben Brown Celebrity Golf Tournament, there is also a beach party, auction, and boat race. Another golf event held on the island is the Anguilla Open Golf Tournament. It takes place at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, and invites more than 100 golfers from around the Caribbean and the United States to compete for a championship title worth several thousand dollars. The event takes place in June and includes three rounds of golf, lunches during play, and opening and closing ceremonies.
In May, boats fill Road Bay for several races as a part of the Anguilla Regatta. On land, beach parties take place at Sandy Ground over a three day period.
Music and golf come together in November for the Tranquility Jazz and Golf Festival. The golf portion costs $150(USD) and takes place at the Temenos Golf Course, while the jazz concerts happen in the evening at CuisinArt Resort for $50(USD).
The sporty, charity-minded set won't want to miss participating in the Anguilla Optimist Race Against AIDS in November. Participants can walk, jog, or run in a 5K, 10K, or half marathon the day before International World AIDS Day.
No other type of music is more synonymous with the Caribbean than reggae, and visitors can spend two nights attending reggae concerts hosted by the Moonsplash Reggae Festival. To close out the festival, don't miss out on the raging beach party at Dune Preserve.
In January, the Anguilla Craft Shop hosts the Annual Arts and Crafts Exhibition. Local artists show of their works, and some even put on demonstrations.
Beginning during the last week of January and running into February, Anguilla honors those who protect and serve them during Police Week. Events include a block party, fashion show, and a performance of the police choir.
If natural beauty moves you, stop in to the ABC Annual Flower Show in February . The event is hosted by the Anguilla Beautification Club.
The Festival del Mar in April honors all things that have to do with the sea. Sit in on boat races, fishing competitions, triathlons, culinary competitions, and concerts.
May brings the Anguilla Lit Fest, which gives local writers the opportunity to share their works and experiences as well as learn and discuss their craft with international leaders in the industry through a number of events and panels. This is one of the newest festivals hosted on the island each year, but remains popular for readers, writers, and lovers of language.
Taste of Anguilla is a fundraiser for the Anguilla Culinary Team. The event features Anguilla's most celebrated resturants and has drinks that range from Rum Punches to Mojitos.
Check with your hotel concierge or the newspaper during your time on the island, as more events usually occur.
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